First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

January 30, 2012 17:28 ET

First Quantum Signs US$1 Billion Financing Facilty for Its Zambia Operations

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2012) - First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company" or "FQM") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) is pleased to announce the signing of a US$1 billion senior term and revolving facilities agreement by Kansanshi Mining PLC, holder of First Quantum's 80% owned Kansanshi copper-gold project in Zambia.

The five year facility featuring flexible drawing provisions will enable execution of planned capital works at the Kansanshi project. The facility includes customary conditions precedent to first drawdown which are expected to be satisfied during Q1 2012.

The Mandated Lead Arrangers for the facility are: Standard Chartered Bank, The Standard Bank of South Africa, BNP Paribas, Citibank N.A., and African Export-Import Bank.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

G. Clive Newall, President


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